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How to Paint a Dandelion on Your Nails (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

Updated on August 06, 2013

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What Does Dandelion Mean?

The spiked, pointy shape of the petals is what gave these plants their name.

The word "dandelion" is actually from the French name dent de lion, meaning "lion's tooth".

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The Beautiful "Weed": Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale, or the common dandelion, is an herb that is seen as beautiful by some and simply a nuisance to others. While many people think of this plant as just a weed, it's also used in food and medicine.

Dandelions, especially when they're in their seed dispersal state, are very popular in the art scene, being the subject for tattoos, paintings, photography and, of course, nail art!


You Will Need:


  • Your nails painted a color that will let the dandelion really "pop"
  • A thin nail art brush
  • A nail polish color that will show up against your background color

I chose to use black and white because I love the silhouette look that only black on white can create.

How to Paint Dandelion Nail Art

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Step 1: Painting a Solid Background

To make your dandelion the center of the show, begin by painting your nails a plain, solid color. You can paint them a lovely blue to represent the sky, green to represent grass, or just simple, elegant black and white.

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Step 2: The Stem

Using a thin nail art brush, paint the stem at a slight angle (for a more natural look). It should hit your nail around halfway to allow room for all the fluff later on. To keep your stem from being too thick, make sure to wipe any excess polish off of your brush.

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Step 3: The Center

With the tip of your nail art brush, stipple on some polish around the end of your stem to form the center of the seeds. It should roughly be a circular shape, but don't concentrate too hard on getting it absolutely perfectly round.

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Step 4: The "Parachutes"

Using a brush that is almost completely dry (you don't want there to be lots of paint or else your seeds will come out like huge blobs), draw very thin lines radiating from the center of your flower. Try to make them slightly angled, even crossing over each other in places, to create depth, variety, and a more realistic look.

When you're all finished, it should look something like a bursting firework or a spider with lots of legs.

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Step 5: Completing the Fluff

With the tip of your nail art brush, dab on little dashes around the outside of your flower at the tips of the thin lines you just drew. Avoid pressing down too hard or too many times on a certain area.

To make your flower look three-dimensional, lightly dab on a few dots in the body of your flower (as if you can see through the thin seeds to the other side). When you're finished, your dandelion should be fluffy and completed.

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Dandelions Around the World:

  • Pusteblume, German for "blowing flower"
  • Kleftis, Greek for thief (since the seeds are so hard to catch mid-air)
  • Laitue de chien, French for "dog's lettuce"
  • Paardenbloem, Dutch for "horse flower"
  • Qasedak, Persian for "small postman" (since they're believed to bring great news)

Step 6: Adding Grass

In order to keep your dandelion from feeling lonely, you can add blades of grass using quick upward sweeping motions with the tip of your nail art brush. Overlap a few of them for a three-dimensional illusion. Also, pressing down at the roots of the grass and letting up the pressure as you approach the tip of the blade creates a natural look.

Try to make them sway in the same direction as your flower to make it seem like a gentle breeze is blowing through the area.

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @ Better Yourself -- And thank you for reading! I really hope your niece's nails turn out lovely. :)

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    Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

    Love this and congrats on Hub of the Day! My niece loves doing everyone's nails and I will have to share this with her, very helpful step by step instructions and pics! Thanks for sharing!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @Neelam Ramani -- thank you! :)

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    Neelam Ramani 3 years ago from Delhi, India

    Very beautifully done and looks nice

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @heidithorne -- Thank you! :) I'll be posting more soon!

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    Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

    I thought this was a cute hub when you first published it! Congrats on Hub of the Day!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @MPG Narratives -- thank you! I hope her nails turn out beautifully :)

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    Marie Giunta 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    My teenage daughter will love this design, thanks for sharing your talent. You make it look so easy too. Congrats on HOTD, well deserved. Pinned and shared.

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @thumbi7 -- Awesome! Thanks for stopping by :)

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    JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

    Congrats on the hub of the day.

    It is an amazing and very different hub.

    I really enjoyed it

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @annasantos -- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :) It's amazing how much the nail art brush itself takes care of things (I'm also really clumsy...)! I dab on some paint and I think to myself, 'Well, not what I was going for but it looks okay anyway!' LOL

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    Anna Santos 3 years ago from Canada

    This is absolutely so fun! Very nice and artistic. I wish I can do that myself. My hands are quite heavy and not so good with fine-motor skills. I love it!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @rose-the planner -- Thank you!! I hope to do more in the future. Charging up my camera as we speak :)

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    rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

    Congratulations on HOTD! This was a very creative tutorial. Loved the video and the step by step images. Great Job! (Voted Up) -Rose

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @LisaKoski -- Awesome! Cute and simple was what I wanted to do. Nail art seems to just melt off my nails so I don't like to do anything too complicated. :) Let me know how it turns out!

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    LisaKoski 3 years ago from WA

    This is a very cute idea. I'm always on the lookout for simple, new ways to do my nails. Your instructions are very easy to follow. I will definitely be giving this one a try!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @MelonieGilchrist -- Thank you for stopping by :) Let me know how it turns out!

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    Gamrgurl 3 years ago

    That is really cool. Not sure I have a steady enough hand for it, but I might try it anyway just to see what happens!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @pstraubie48 -- LOL, I don't blame you for going back to the pros. It's so relaxing to have someone else paint on your nails instead. :D Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @CarlySullens -- Thank you! :) Let me know how it goes. :D

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @DreamerMeg -- Thanks so much for watching and commenting. :) I appreciate your kind words.

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    CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

    Congratulations on HOTD! This looks amazing. I love dandelions and never thought of having them on my nails! I am going to try this one.

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    Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

    Congrats on HOTD....I love nail art. I usually go to a pro and get my toes and nails glammed up for special occasions...most everything can be a special occasion for me!!!

    So I thought they make it look so easy...I bought all of the cute little bottles of paint with the fine tips and got ready to paint.

    And my nail art painting was a disaster.

    I will stick with the pros.

    Thanks for sharing this though...I am sure there are those who are much better at painting than I am....love the work you created...Angels are on the way ps

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    DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

    Amazing video. I don't even wear nail polish but just had to watch that. Really beautiful. A black and white dandelion and it looks SO real. Excellent!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @Thelma Alberts - thanks for reading and commenting! Try steadying your left hand against a hard surface and painting only with your fingertips :) this will give you stability.

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    Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

    Beautiful! Easy to follow instruction. I would like to try this for my nails but I think it´s hard for me to paint my right hand nails. How do you do that? Thanks for sharing this useful hub. Have a nice day!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @lensman999 -- and thanks for reading :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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    LensMan999 3 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

    The step by step instructions and the video helps a lot. Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @ladydeonne -- Even though they're seen as a nuisance, I love them! Especially for nails art. :D No problem and thanks for reading. I know y'all will have lovely nails :)

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    Deonne Anderson 3 years ago from Florence, SC

    First the toes and now the finger nails. I would never have believed that dandelions would be a flower of choice for a nail design. Very unique idea.

    I'll have my girls do their feet during one group session and their hands the next group session. Thanks!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @Nancy Owens -- Awesome! Let me know how it turns out :)

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    Nancy Owens 3 years ago from USA

    How resourceful! I think I will give it a try!

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @soconfident - with a nail art brush that feels good you can do anything you dream of :D

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    Derrick Bennett 3 years ago

    That's amazing it seem so hard to do

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    @heidithorne - thanks for reading! It gets easier as you do it... Then you can make flying seedlings too! :)

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    Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

    I'd have to really practice this one! But it's really cute!

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